Awesome / The Rescuers

  • The origins of the Rescue Aid Society itself, from that first act of willingly putting their lives on the line to help those in danger is pretty impressive for mice.
  • For the real Disney geeks, Marahute and Cody's flight together is absolutely a CMOA for the Bronze Age Disney animation team and for Chris Sanders and Glen Keane specifically.
    • To be fair, anyone could enjoy the Crowning Music of Awesome and incredible animation of that sequences. You don't have to an animation aficionado.
    • Special mention goes to Cody's Crucified Hero Shot as he leaps over the waterfall. The music and animation are lovely, but the REALLY awesome part is the way it's put together: Cody and Marahute had just frightened a flock of wading birds and said wading birds proceeded to fly off of the falls as Cody made the leap, surrounding him on all sides as they go. For a moment, Cody just floats there in the air, with his arms outstretched and surrounded by birds. It almost looks as though he's though he has become like a bird himself. Rule of Symbolism regarding the boy's status as a Friend to All Living Things, perhaps?
  • Wilbur skydiving!
  • Penny's, what, six to eight years old? She gets to drive Medusa's jet-powered swamp skimmer in the escape sequence. If you think a child driving a Cool Boat is awesome, wait 'til you see Medusa turn her pet crocs into water skis. (Cue demotivational posters about Disney encouraging minors to drive vehicles. "Remember, kids: never drive a boat through a swamp if your abusive guardian is behind you on crocodiles.")
    • Speaking of Penny, the fact that she's not only not afraid of Brutus and Nero (unlike the adult Snoops), but is able to keep her cool even when Medusa is pointing a gun at her. This little girl has guts.
  • Between movies, Bernard is named the Rescue Aid Society's American delegate.
  • Any time Bernard decides it's time to get dangerous. For example, in the sequel, Bernard tamed a razorback boar by grabbing it by the tusks, flipping it over and giving it a Death Glare.
    • The end of Down Under, where he gets to be the hero.
  • The Gondor Calls for Aid relay sequence near the beginning of Down Under, with the message being passed along from one unnamed character to another until it finally reaches the Rescue Aid Society.
    • Just getting to see the sheer number of RAS outposts, and how different they all are; from a jury-rigged console in the Outback... to the remnants of a crashed P-47 fighter in the Marshall Islands... from there to a high-tech listening post in Hawaii, which the RAS has apparently hacked into... and from there, though we don't see the posts themselves, it jumps from San Francisco to Denver to Chicago to D.C. before finally arriving in New York. This really is a well-run, worldwide organization.
  • Meta one for Down Under; the fact that though there may be other sequels produced by Disney for its many features, this was the only one to be formally included into the canon (well, until the 2011 Winnie-the-Pooh, but they're still rare), and in spite of only really reaching Cult Classic status, it earned that spot.
  • Cody keeping cool during his imprisonment by McLeash who tries to force him to reveal Marahute's nest, and even ignores his offer to split the money with him if he tells him.
    Cody: You won't get anything when the rangers are through with you.
    [McLeash kicks the cauldron off his fireplace in frustration]